In a plot twist worthy of an episode on “Game of Thrones,” HBO was reportedly hacked on June 31 and 1.5 terabytes of premium content data was stolen from the show’s producers. The media reported that at least a script or early treatment of the next episode of GOT was stolen along with unaired episodes of series such as “Ballers” and “Room 104.”
HBO declined to comment on the specifics of the material stolen in the hack, but shared a message to employees that admits some “programming” was stolen. “As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” wrote HBO Chairman Richard Plepler in the message, according to Reuters.
Entertainment Weekly was the first to report about the possibility of stolen “writing material” from the upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones” and reports emerged that episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” had already been leaked to the Internet.
“Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold,” said Plepler in his message to HBO employees.
With the hack, HBO joins a list of Hollywood giants who have been targeted by hackers. The list includes Netflix who suffered a leak of some of its episodes of “Orange is the New Black” season 5, and Sony who suffered a major hack in 2014, supposedly at the hands of North Korean agents retaliating for the movie “The Interview” which depicted a fictional plot to murder North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un.